WP launches Disaster Relief Fund
Cape Town - The Western Province Rugby
Football Union, under the leadership of President Thelo Wakefield, has launched
a Franschhoek Rugby Disaster Relief Fund to help those affected in Saturday's
tragic bus accident involving the Franschhoek RFC.
Three people - one senior player, one
Under-21 player and a spectator - were killed in the tragic bus accident on
Saturday morning, with the Franschhoek team on their way to play in a friendly
The Stormers and the Sharks held a moment's
silence before kick-off in their Super Rugby clash at Newlands on Saturday and,
now, the WPRFU has stepped up to establish this much-needed Relief Fund to
assist those club members who cannot afford the medical costs.
The WPRFU opened the fund with a sizeable
contribution on Monday morning, an amount that was all but matched by WP
Rugby's commercial agents, the Treble Group, whilst a bucket collection will
also be held when the Stormers host the Chiefs at Newlands this Saturday.
Wakefield told the Stormers’official
website: "It was with great sadness that we learnt about the tragic bus
accident involving Franschhoek Rugby Football Club in the Franschhoek Pass on
Saturday morning. In all, 26 people were injured and three people - two rugby
players and a spectator - sadly lost their lives in the accident.
"I went to visit the club and the
community of Franschhoek on Sunday, along with fellow members of the WPRFU
Executive, and it was very sad to see what an effect, both physically and
mentally, the bus accident has had on the club members and the community of
"We, as the Western Province Rugby
Football Union, have committed ourselves to provide the utmost level of support
to the club, families of the deceased and injured - many of whom do not have
the funds to pay their medical bills - as well as the community of Franschhoek
at large and to help keep this proud and enthusiastic club running.
"We would also like to once again
extend our heartfelt condolences to the families that suffered losses and
assure them of our continued support during these sad times."
If you would like to make a donation
towards the Franschhoek Rugby Disaster Relief Fund, the fund's bank account
details are as follows:
Name: Franschhoek Rugby Disaster Relief
Bank: Standard Bank
Account number: 071411097
Branch code: 025009
* A memorial service will be held in the
Franschhoek Community Sports Centre on Tuesday, March 10 (starting at 19:00).